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Bookwoman presents: Strange Pilgrims - A Poetry Reading

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Featuring poets Laurie Filipelli, Carrie Fountain, Lisa Olstein, Laurie Saurborn & Sasha West

Join us for an entertaining and engaging evening of poetry as five poets—in voices inventive and introspective, passionate and pragmatic—read together in celebration of BookWoman’s upcoming 40th anniversary.

Laurie Filipelli is the author of Elseplace (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013). Her essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming at Coldfront, The Rumpus, Web del Sol: The Potomac, MadisonReview, Boaat, Salamander, The Pinch, apt, Redheaded Stepchild, and So and So Magazine. Laurie was a featured poet on KOOP radio’s Writing on the Air program, as well as a visiting artist at SUNY Postdam’s 2014 Lougheed Arts Festival. Recently, she was awarded a writing residency at Yaddo. Laurie earned her MFA from Indiana University and lives in Austin where she works as a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach.

Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, and Tin House. Her first collection, Burn Lake, was a winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award and was published by Penguin in 2010. Penguin published her second collection, Instant Winner, in 2014. Fountain is writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband, the playwright Kirk Lynn, and their children.

Lisa Olstein is the author of three books of poetry from Copper Canyon Press: Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet, a Library Journal best book of the year; and Little Stranger, a Lannan Literary Selection. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Nation, American Letters & Commentary, and Boston Review. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum, she teaches in the MFA programs at UT Austin.

Laurie Saurborn is the author of two poetry collections, Industry of Brief Distraction and Carnavoria, as well as a chapbook, Patriot. Her poems, short stories, essays, reviews and photographs have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as American Microreviews & Interviews, Columbia Poetry Review, The American Reader, The Rumpus, The Southern Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. A 2015 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient, she lives in Austin, Texas, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Texas. 

Sasha West’s first book, Failure and I Bury the Body (Harper Perennial), was selected for the National Poetry Series and the Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Ninth Letter, Forklift OH, Third Coast, American Poet, Born, and elsewhere. Her awards include scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Houston Arts Alliance grant, Pushcart nominations, Inprint’s Verlaine prize, and the Parks Fellowship at Rice University. She teaches writing in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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